It's been a few days for no real reason, just sleepy in the mornings and busy the rest of the time.
I like the comic strips that work in Memorial Day themes. Those were a nice treat to see in the paper this morning. I'm a veteran who never suffered anything worse than a paper cut, but even in the peacetime military there were occasional deaths and I worked with many combat veterans who had lost friends. It's good to see those sacrifices addressed in the paper, both on the editorial page and in the comics.
My part-time job is going well. On Thursday, DogMommy and I had been talking about this and that and I told her about my irritating work hours, how the job had been advertised with one schedule, then I was asked to work another schedule, then I was asked to work a third schedule entirely. Well, FearlessLeader was listening and later came out to ask DogMommy what my issue was with my hours. She told him, and he told her that if I didn't bring it up to him in the next few days, then he would ask me about it.
Wow. When DogMommy relayed that to me, I could have bitten FearlessLeader. You see, I had told my previous supervisor that the hours were not convenient and asked to have them changed, a request that was summarily dismissed; then at the meeting where the reorganization of our particular project was discussed (with FearlessLeader!), I had again expressed that my work hours were a problem and not what I had applied for; AND I had said something to our human relations manager (the one back east, and thus not really useful on a day-to-day level out here). Stupid FearlessLeader. I know he doesn't have managerial experience, but he had better go get some books to read. It's not okay to let problems fester, whether you think the employee should have brought it up or not, and goodness knows I had brought it up and brought it up and brought it up.
So Thursday I went home and ate copious amounts of M&M's, then Friday arbitrarily gave myself authorization to work the hours I wanted to work (two hours earlier start time--better for me personally and allows me to stay late when things aren't finished at quitting time). FearlessLeader was a bit surprised when he came in and found me already working. I asked him if he had time to talk for a minute about my hours, explained the peculiarity of my shifting schedule, and why I thought a different set of work hours entirely would be better for the company and me both. I was persuasive (it helps to be right) and he agreed to the change. There was a project that needed immediate attention that I was able to stay late to finish (something I wouldn't have been able to do with the previous work schedule), so FearlessLeader got immediate benefits from my changed hours.
A report on KidOne: She got THREE A's and one B this semester; I had previously miscounted and thought she got only two A's. What a girl. Managing to keep it together this semester AND pull off grades like that? Picture me one proud Mama.
An update on my continued search for more work: I'm on the short list for a nanny job I applied for. Sometime in the next day or so there should be a list of questions to answer online, then maybe an in-person interview. That job seems like one that could work well for KidThree and me, giving her some more freedom from the EverPresentMom and giving us more income than we've had in a couple of years. We talked about how to handle my absence from home for half the week and came up with a solution that should work for both of us. We'll get a college student to come spend those nights on the bed in the living room and do the several things that KidThree just can't manage on her own, the dishes (the sink isn't accessible and we don't have a dishwasher), the garbage, etc. Picture me hopeful but not holding my breath.
As far as reading goes, I've retreated to Terry Pratchett and Discworld. When things get a bit more stressful than usual at home, it helps to read things that are familiar and funny--it saves wear and tear on my struggling little grey cells. But, things are relaxing some and I'm about ready to get back to the library and fill up a shelf with books I have to think about.
Last night KidThree and I went to an outdoor play presented by a local theatre group of high school students. They were so wonderful, so funny and talented and inventive. We went home at intermission as it was so cold, but hope to go back tonight to watch the second half, this time better fortified with hats and coats and blankets.
This is definitely a Monday-lite blog. Maybe tomorrow there will be more going on.